When to choose aluminum and steel impact extrusions

When to choose

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How do you know when to use impact extrusion?

From quicker parts production to stronger finished parts, impact extrusion can offer a range of cost and performance advantages over other metal-fabrication processes. Is impact extrusion right for your aluminum or steel application? How does impact extrusion compare with other metal-forming processes? Take a look at the advantages impact extrusion offers:

Machined impact components

Consider impact extrusion when ...

  • Hollow parts feature one end partially or totally closed
  • Zero draft is required on the walls without secondary machining
  • Shells with round, square, oval, or other symmetrical cross sections are needed
  • Producing a pressure-tight container
  • Sidewalls of a one-end-closed tube must have internal or external ribs or flutes
  • Part bottoms must be thicker than the side walls
  • Your current process requires large amounts of material to be machined from bar stock
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Impact extrusion key benefits
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  • Quicker parts production
  • Lower cost per part
  • Better-performing parts
Alternative to machining
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  • Impact extrusion ...
  • Creates near-net shapes quickly
  • Produces parts faster
  • Results in less material waste
Alternative to casting
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  • Impact extrusion ...
  • Creates thinner wall components
  • Produces parts with closer tolerances
  • Requires less secondary machining
Alternative to forging
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  • Impact extrusion ...
  • Produces lighter-weight parts of similar strength
  • Creates closer tolerance components
  • Reduces secondary machining
Alternative to welding
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  • Impact extrusion ...
  • Eliminates connection failures
  • Produces parts that won’t leak
  • Reduces labor costs
Alternative to deep drawing
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  • Impact extrusion ...
  • Produces parts with thicker base than side walls
  • Creates parts with length more than twice diameter
  • Requires only one-time tooling cost
Alternative to stamping
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  • Impact extrusion ...
  • Achieves more complex geometries
  • Offers multiple wall thicknesses
  • Eliminates sub-assemblies
Alternative to sub-assemblies
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  • Impact extrusion ...
  • Eliminates costly welds, joining techniques
  • Produces stronger parts that won’t leak
  • Reduces inventory costs
Alternative to your process
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  • Our team can collaborate with you and define the ways we can help maximize your production

Want to learn more? Contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss our advanced impact extrusion technology in light of your project.

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